Definition of helpful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpfʊl/
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpf(ə)l/


1Giving or ready to give help: people are friendly and helpful helpful staff
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  • As well as having elegant rooms, the hotel also had extremely friendly and helpful staff.
  • Hospital staff were as helpful as they could be, but they never seemed to have enough time to talk to me.
  • The commission found staff were helpful and had been trained in customer care.
obliging, eager to help, eager to please, friendly, pleasant, kind, accommodating, considerate, thoughtful, supportive, cooperative, sympathetic, caring, hospitable, neighbourly, charitable, benevolent, beneficent
1.1Useful: pages of helpful information
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  • This site is just getting off the ground, but already has a vast quantity of helpful information.
  • I have now received a very helpful paper with some more facts and figures.
  • It would have been helpful if we had received it a little earlier.
useful, of use, of service, of benefit, beneficial, valuable, profitable, fruitful, advantageous, worthwhile, productive, constructive, practical;
informative, instructive
handy, useful, convenient, practical, easy-to-use, well-designed, user-friendly, user-oriented, functional, serviceable, utilitarian
informal neat, nifty



Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpfʊlnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • It encourages discussion which goes beyond the powerful qualities of superheroes to consider qualities such as helpfulness, kindness, compassion and generosity.
  • Last month the Bolton Evening News revealed that initial results of a national survey had put the town top for consideration, courtesy and helpfulness.
  • Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.

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